As a frequent traveler, an aviation buff, and just someone who likes to fly a lot. I was really excited recently when I had the opportunity to check off several items from my “wish list” all on one trip:
- San Maarten airport (SXM)
- Kansai airport (KIX)
- Osaka Japan
- See the “ring of fire” eclipse in person
- Fly around the world (in First & Business class!!!)
While I was in San Maarten I didn’t have enough time there to actually “ride the fence“, but I did get to fly out of there on a 747-400 and watch all the people charging towards the fence as we turned onto the runway. Hopefully next time I’ll get to stay longer.
My schedule allowed me to extend my stay in Osaka for a few days and it was exceptional! I wandered around town a bit and tried in vain to get to Kyoto. I ate some phenomenal Sushi (see pics) and saw the Osaka Castle. My only regret was not staying longer; I can not wait to get back to Japan!
As an added bonus, while rescheduling my return trip, the available routing changed which put me through Honolulu airport (HNL). While HNL isn’t anything spectacular in itself (it is neat in the fact that it is an open-air airport), it was a great stop-over point because one of my oldest friends had recently moved to the island for a new job. I took the opportunity to catch up with him over a drink and some Poke Salad at La Marina Sailing Club (wiki).
If you ever have a long layover in HNL I strongly recommend heading out to La Marina. Have their Mai Thai, you will not regret it!
Ok, now for the photos… (yes, I know there’s a lot of them)